Herman Weissenborn was a German born luthier who relocated to Los Angeles and tried to capitalize on the Hawaiian music scene of the late teens and 1920's. During this brief heyday, his hollow-neck koa lap steels set the bar for resonance and volume, that is until another LA builder, Rudy Dopyera, started the National Guitar company.
Renowned players, David Lindley and Ben Harper, put Weissenborns firmly on the list of must-own vintage guitars, claiming their sound to be unrivaled and in Harper's words "haunting."
This Style 1 Teardrop is one of the rarer models, most being the distinctive hourglass shape. Much like a Martin OM, the smaller Teardrop size improves projection and clarity.
The condition on this Style 1 is exceptional with no repairs or cracks and all original finish. Priced with Newer Gig Bag (hard shell cases that fit this style are few and far between, although TKL did make a few for LA luthier Bill Asher's version of this guitar.)